white spruce

noun
Updated on: 27 May 2018

Definition of white spruce

1 : any of several spruces; especially : a widely distributed spruce (Picea glauca) of coniferous forests of Canada and the northern U.S. that has short stiff blue-green needles and slender cones — see cone illustration
2 : the wood of a white spruce; especially : the light pale tough straight-grained wood of the common white spruce (Picea glauca) used especially for construction and as a source of paper pulp

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1731

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